50  C.J. Struyk
C.J.  Struyk

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Morehead City

High School:
West Carteret

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 295

Position:
Offensive Line/Short Snapper

Experience:
3L


03/21/2014

Pirates Begin Spring Practice, Open American Conference Era

ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen

03/25/2013

McNeill's Spring Practice Press Conference

Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Start Of Spring Practice

03/25/2013

Pirates Open Spring Football Practice

ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 21 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen

09/06/2012

Pirates Travel To No. 9 South Carolina

Saturday Marks First Road Test For Football

08/27/2012

McNeill's Weekly Press Conference

Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Appalachian State Game

Hopes to fully rebound from a nagging right shoulder injury and regain starting center position heading into senior season … Served as the Pirates’ top center as a sophomore in 2013 before ailment limited action a year later (and Taylor Hudson took over position) … Expected to battle J.T. Boyd for the job in 2015, but could also face a challenge from Christian Matau if Boyd is moved to guard … Also served as the program’s top short snapper on special teams before injury derailed that assignment as well … Appeared to be in a full offensive re-acclimation mode during the spring before suffering a right knee injury during the second scrimmage on April 11 … Officially joined the Pirate program as an “invited” walk-on in the fall of 2011 and has since played in 29 career games with 11 starts (all in 2013) … Success and growth in his strength and conditioning pursuits are rivaled by very few … Established a position record with a back squat of 685 pounds in the spring of 2013, a number which also ranked then as the sixth-highest total in team history … Also turned in ECU’s fourth-highest push jerk lift ever at 385 pounds … Other current numbers of note include a 445-pound bench press, a 335-pound power clean and a flex rating of 13, which still rates as one of the highest among all offensive linemen … Also turned in a 26.5” vertical jump, a 7’4” broad jump, a pro-shuttle time of 4.55 and a three-cone drill clip of 7.79 during the recent testing period.

2014: Appeared in four games – N.C. Central, North Carolina, Cincinnati and Tulsa – in a reserve role on the offensive line ... Helped ECU’s offense put up a school record 789 total yards (446/pass, 343/rush) against North Carolina ... Member of an unit that surpassed 500 yards of total offense in all four games played in (582/N.C. Central, 789/North Carolina, 579/Cincinnati, 510/Tulsa) … Helped provide block protection for two of Shane Carden’s five 400-yard passing games (438 vs. Tar Heels, 425 vs. Bearcats).

2013: Started 11 of 13 games at center ... Did not open the Florida Atlantic and Ohio (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl) contests … Also served as short snapper on all 26 field goal attempts and 66 PATs ... Recorded one tackle (solo) against UAB ... Regarded as a key member of an offensive unit that recorded 440 or more yards of total offense in 10 of 13 contests (six of 500-plus, two of 600-plus), with a season-high 625 against UAB ... Helped provide running lanes for all four of Vintavious Cooper’s 100-yard rushing performances, including a career-best 198 against Ohio as a reserve ... Was a cog in a line that earned Beyond Sports Network Offensive Line-of-the-Week honors following North Carolina contest (603 yards on 101 plays) … Played a vital role for a system that produced a 4,000-passer (4,139/Shane Carden), a 1,000-yard rusher (1,193/Cooper) and a 1,000-yard receiver (1,284/Justin Hardy) … Assisted the Pirates to a No. 7 national rank in third down percentage (51.0), a No. 8 standing in scoring offense (40.2 ppg) and a No. 11 clip in passing offense (328.1 ypg).

2012: Played in 12 of 13 games as a redshirt freshman … Helped contribute to a block-free campaign as ECU connected on 50-of-50 extra-point conversions and 15-of-20 field goal tries.

2011: Did not experience any game action as a redshirt during true freshman year … Contributed to both offensive and special team scout units ... Despite walk-on status, intent to enroll was publicly announced during National Signing Day festivities in February.

High School: Started at center and as the long snapper as a senior, helping the Patriots to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3AA state playoffs – WCHS’s first post-season appearance since 2004 … Helped West Carteret to a 5-2 mark and third-place showing in the Coastal Conference … Selected to play for the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following senior season … Earned the starting nod at center for the contest and became just the fourth player from Carteret County to ever play in the game … A NCPreps.com 3A First-Team All-State and All-Coastal Conference selection following final campaign … Named the team’s best offensive lineman and strongest man as a senior … Helped the Patriot offense average 31.1 points per contest during 2010 … West Carteret went 5-6 during junior season and 3-8 as a sophomore … Wrestled for the Patriot program as a freshman and senior.

Personal: Full name is Curtis Roy Struyk, Jr., but prefers to go by C.J. … Born July 7, 1993 at Morehead City, N.C. … Father, Curtis, lettered as a defensive tackle for the Pirate football program in 1984 before a brief NFL career with the New York Giants … Lists hunting and fishing as favorite hobbies … Major is industrial distribution & logistics.